Our bike medics patrol large events where the amount of people or terrain is prohibitive to accessing potential medical patients by traditional methods. Members of the Palatine Fire Department that are members of the Bike Team have gone through rigorous training to provide this service.
Bicycles ridden by the bike team members are outfitted with advanced life support (ALS) equipment much like what is carried in an ambulance. Trek mountain bikes provide the framework to which panniers or side bags are affixed to the sides over the rear wheel. Members always patrol events in pairs so that the crew has all of the equipment needed. One of the Bike Team riders will have a Zoll automated external defibrillator (or AED) in case of cardiac arrest. Additionally, the team will have a full airway kit, ALS medications and trauma supplies. One pair of paramedics should have sufficient equipment available to treat a patient for a variety of illnesses or injuries until an ambulance can reach the scene through the crowd.
Currently, the Palatine Fire Department Bike Team staffs the following events annually:
- Twin Lakes Triathlon - usually held in late June
- Jaycees - Hometown Fest (carnival, parade and fireworks)
- Streetfest -held for three days in late August
- Palatine Cross Country Invite - held in late September
- Forest Grove Athletic 5K
- Palatine Park District Turkey Trot - held in November following Thanksgiving
For information on the Bike Team or to request potential staffing of a large event not currently covered, please contact the Palatine Fire Department at 847-202-6340 for more information.